Press release

Burundi: UN Unanimously Condemns Abuses

Freedom House supports UN Security Council Resolution 2248 denouncing the wave of killings, torture, and other human rights violations in Burundi.

Washington

In response to the United Nations’ vote November 12 to condemn escalating violence in Burundi, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Freedom House supports UN Security Council Resolution 2248, which denounces the wave of killings, torture, and other human rights violations in Burundi,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa Programs. “As we saw last week when the international community ramped up involvement to halt a violent disarmament process in Bujumbura, the international community has a strong role to play in solving this crisis, which has already led to over 240 deaths and the displacement of more than 210,000 people. While Freedom House prefers that the resolution include targeted sanctions against individuals contributing to the violence, this is an important step toward making the rights of Burundian citizens a priority for the international community."

Burundi is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, and is rated Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015